Wednesday, November 14 , 2018, 4:44 pm | Fair 70º


Schwarzenegger Eases Restrictions on Solar Energy Installations

Legislation prohibits homeowners associations from placing limits on solar power.

Homeowners wishing to install solar energy and solar water-heating systems have received an important push from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who signed legislation prohibiting home owners associations and common interest developments from barring the installations.

“I am very pleased that I received such great bipartisan support on this significant piece of legislation,” said Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, who carried AB 1892. “With Californians facing record heat waves, the ability to utilize solar power is a very important option for homeowners.”

Civil Code 714 currently prohibits CIDs and HOAs from including language in their declarations and other recorded documents that bans the installation of solar energy systems. But the prohibition in CC 714 does not include the governing documents/operating rules of a CID or HOA. AB 1892 simply clarifies this ambiguity to guarantee that the documents are included in the CC 714 prohibition.

“The solar power option is truly a win/win for the people of California,” Smyth said. “It will allow them to reduce their energy costs while at the same time helping the environment.”:

Ryan Flanigan is a spokesman for Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >

Meet Your Realtor Sponsored by Village Properties

Photo of Dianne and Brianna Johnson
Dianne and Brianna Johnson
"We are committed to making our clients feel special by providing the concierge level service they deserve."

Full Profile >